“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” –John 12:24
When life doesn’t go the way we plan, it’s only human to ask God why. As Christians, however, we must ask God to take us beyond the human response. It’s okay to ask why and wait for the answer that may or may not come. But we can’t stop there. We can’t stubbornly dig our heels in the ground as God urges us forward. We can’t look up into His face with determination and say, “I’m not moving one more step until You tell me what this is all about!” God reveals some information on a need-to-know-only basis (for our own good, no less). When we don’t understand, we must choose to trust.
Moving forward in trust means leaving the question of why in God’s hands, while asking the more important, more relevant questions of the moment: “How do You want me to respond to this?” and “What do You want me to do now?” These questions show that we are ready to move forward, to obey regardless of circumstance.
On this Good Friday, let’s reflect on the fact that Jesus didn’t want to die on the cross (see Matthew 26:39). Jesus knew, though, that God’s ultimate plan for the salvation of mankind hinged on His willingness to obey. He gave His life–freely, by His own choice. At this time, we may not know what hinges on our obedience, but we owe a servant’s heart to Jesus Christ just the same.
Father, my life is a seed in Your kingdom. Plant it where You will. Amen.